After much delay, the City of Guelph released a tender for a general contractor to start renovation work this spring at Guelph Central Train Station. In 2013, a tender was released however a contractor was not found that would stay within the $925,000 budget approved by council. The new budget is now $2.1 million which was approved by Council last December.
“The renovation to Guelph Central Station will improve our city’s intermodal transportation hub by creating a shared space for Guelph Transit, Greyhound Canada, GO Transit and VIA Rail services that’s accessible and convenient for all riders,” Mario Petricevic, general manager of Facilities Management, said in a news release.
The renovation work will include:
• improvements to the main entrance, including new steps and concrete wheelchair ramp
• upgrades to the two public washrooms and an new accessible washroom
• new ticket booths for Greyhound Canada and GO Transit
• the addition of a small management office
• the addition of a lunchroom for Guelph Transit drivers
• new access to the basement
• upgrades to windows, south entrance doors and public seating area
• preserving the existing heritage features
Guelph Central Train Station, located at 79 Carden St., will remain open to the public during the renovations. The construction work will be completed in phases to allow GO Transit, VIA Rail and Greyhound Canada to continue to operate out of the building during the renovations. Work is expected to start this May and take 12 to 14 months to complete.
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